Racism in a “Post-Racist” America.

I thought with the election of Barack Obama that racism in America had officially ended.  Why is it then, after this historic election of America’s first non-white president, that cries of racism are more prevalent than ever before?

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

I use the term “non-white” sarcastically to illustrate the absurd practice of political correctness.  I know our President is a black man.  Though if you want to get technical, he is only half black.  Is it alright to call him black or am I being racist?  The “proper” or “politically correct” term used to refer to a person of color has changed so many times throughout the years that simple minded folk such as myself can get confused.  Oh my, I may have done it again in that last sentence by referring to him as a “person of color.”  Oh by all means if I have offended any of my readers I do apologize.

The left is the supposed champion of the minority.  Blacks and Latinos in particular vote for left leaning candidates in far superior numbers.  It is astounding that these same minorities do not know the history of the party they overwhelmingly support.

Let us start with a recent history lesson.  Robert Carlyle Byrd is the senior senator from the state of West Virginia.  He is a member of the Democratic party and has been a member of the senate since January 3, 1959.  He also joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1942 and held positions as Kleagle (or recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops.  He is also quoted as saying in a letter to then Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS) in 1944:

“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side.. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”

Senator Robert Byrd

Senator Robert Byrd

To his credit, Senator Byrd has apologized repeatedly for his involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, and all seems forgiven.  I don’t think a conservative would be given the same courtesy.

Then of course we have the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Would you believe it almost didn’t come about because of the actions of a few Democrat legislators?  The bill was reported out of the Judiciary Committee in November 1963, and referred to the Rules Committee, whose chairman, Howard W. Smith, a Democrat from Virginia, indicated his intention to keep the bill bottled up indefinitely.  The bill would was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator James Eastland, Democrat from Mississippi. Under Eastland’s care, it seemed impossible that the bill would reach the Senate floor.

The bill came before the full Senate for debate on March 30, 1964 and the “Southern Bloc” of southern Senators led by Richard Russell, Democrat from Georgia launched a filibuster to prevent its passage. Said Russell:

 “We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states.”

On the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat-W.Va.) completed an address that he had begun 14 hours and 13 minutes earlier opposing the legislation.  Wow, our racist little friend gets around.  Isn’t it ironic that it was the Republican party that saved the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and yet many blacks regard conservatives as racist.  I don’t even need to mention President Abraham Lincoln (Hmmm…..that name rings a bell..) was a Republican.  Of course the only thing he did was free the slaves and hold the union together, not at all important actions.

President Abraham Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln

Flash forward to today, and the liberal’s new version of racism.  If you don’t agree with President Barack Obama you are a racist.  There are actual people in congress, and otherwise that believe this.  Rep. Joe Wilson (Republican – S.C.) recently blurted out “You lie.” during an Obama speech on Health Care reform.  Of course he did this because he disagreed with something the president said, not because he is racist.  Conservatives of course heard him yell, “You lie.”  But unfortunately liberals translated this as, “Oh my hell I can’t believe we have a black president!”  Even ex-president Jimmy Carter has stated that he believes Wilson’s outburst was based on racism.

The media portrays conservatives as racists as much as they can.   The tax protests that occurred on April 15th, according to MSNBC and Hollywood loud mouth Janeane Garofolo were not protesting the fact that government is spending too much money.  Nope, according to them we were protesting the fact that we have a black president.  The large March on Washington that occurred on Sept. 12th, was once again not in protest to government largess, but in protest of our black president.  So, according to the mainstream media I am a racist for not agreeing with this president.  The problem with that conclusion is that I also did not agree with everything the last president did, and the one before that.  My memory may be poor, but I believe they were both white guys.

Also in a liberal’s mind, only white people can be racist.  One largely circulated definition is as follows: Racism = Prejudice + Power.  Simply stated it means, black people can’t be racist because they didn’t have the power to make laws or set policy.  Now lest they forget, our President is a black man.  Their poor excuse, no longer applies.  Yes people, anybody can be a racist.

APTOPIX MTV Video Music Awards ShowWhat about Kanye West’s recent rant during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMA awards.  Do I believe Kanye West, a black man, was racist towards Taylor swift, a white woman?  What about Serena Williams losing her temper during a tennis match and yelling at a line judge?  Was Serena, a black woman, racist toward the line judge, a white woman?  I don’t think either of these are examples of racism, I just think both individuals used poor judgement.  I do wonder what the left would think though if the roles were reversed.newsweekcoverbabyracist

A recent article in Newsweek actually asked the question, ‘Is Your Baby Racist?’  on the cover of the magazine there was of course a white baby.

At the Children’s Research Lab at the University of Texas — Birgitte Vittrup attempted to measure how effective propaganda is at instilling multiculturalism ideology in small children. She found that despite parents’ progressive intentions and the homogenous political correctness of everything they see on TV, children 5 to 7 years old tended to consider blacks but not whites to be “mean.”  Another researcher discovered that white kids are racist at six months old. The article includes this gem of a quote:

It’s horrifying to imagine kids being “proud to be white.”[1]

Well there you have it folks, according to Newsweek, racism is inborn.  If you are a racist, you can’t help it!

Most people are smart enough to know that racism is not inborn, it comes about from a series of life experiences.  Many people do not encounter “multiculturalism” at a young age.  Some people are raised in very homogenous areas.  Some people learn racism from family, some from friends, others from television, etc.  Unfortunately many use racism as an unfounded charge in accusation of those of different opinions. 

I have cited examples of liberal racist hypocrisy in this article.  But I also believe that there are racists liberals and conservatives.  I also know that you don’t have to be white to be racist.  There are unfortunately racists of every race and color. In this, the “Post-Racist” America it is usually those that cry racism that are the real racists.

[1] part of this blog was copied from moonbattery.com

 

 

 

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  1. South Carolina has a long list of dignitaries that includes Lauren Caitlin Upton (Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant contestant), Board of Education Chair, Kristin Maguire, Governor (and avid Appalachian hiker), Mark Sanford and now Joe “the hater not a debater” Wilson or the “screamer not the dreamer” as others have dubbed him. I did enjoy him cut and running through his apology, which only goes to show that he stands for nothing. He is just another good old boy where in the morning these married men preach to you that there should be prayer in our schools and in the evening they are on their cell phones setting up a date with their other women on the side, hypocrisy has been bred in. I am not surprised that he felt compel to yell like he was at some Friday night game. So long Joey, you too will be seeing the unemployment lines.

  2. President Obama today stated that he disagrees with Jimmy Carter over Carter’s assertion that Congressman Joe Wilson’s “You lie.” comment was based in racism. Thank you Mr. President.

  3. It might be worth pointing out that in the British system, heckling the opposing view is common practice. While I agree that Joe Wilson’s outburst was perhaps rude, he was correct.

    What I don’t agree with, in regard to Mr. Wilson’s comment, is that if this were President Bush, and we were talking about never ending warfare in the Middle East, I doubt we would have seen a similiar outburst from the purported ‘conservative’ from South Carolina.

  4. It may also be worth commenting on that belief is considerably stronger than facts. All that you have stated Chad, about the Civil Rights bill is correct from my understanding, but you will have an almost impossible task trying to convince the stereotypical left leaning minority of it.

    IMO your only hope here is to teach correct principles, avoiding even left or back handed attacks on the sacrosanct left. The attack only serves to strengthen their position. The principle however, of racial equality when approached properly can be discussed/taught without bringing in politics, that, IMO, is the only way this country will ever change. You are most likely not going to find it taught in our public schools or media outlets however. It falls into the purview of the average non hyphenated American.

    • Shawn,

      I agree that belief is much stronger than fact. Unfortunately building a “belief” is very difficult to do, and does take a healthy dose of facts to accomplish IMO. The left can read this article and think what they will. They have never let an inconvenient fact dissuade them before, and they probably won’t start now. But if I can convince even one fence sitter…anyway I can dream can’t I?

  5. Part of the reason people think of conservatives as racist is the civil rights legislation was one of the major triggers leading to a defection in the Democratic south to the Republican Party. And the Republicans naturally capitalized on that. They implicitly folded that racist rancor into their party establishment. It’s part of how Nixon engineered his win.

    And while Byrd has profusely apologized for his role in opposing Civil Rights legislation, you only hear conservatives suggesting it was a mistake today. I’ll take the racist who wizens over time to the one who still doesn’t get it 30+ years later.

    Speaking of Nixon, whatever else you want to say about him & Reagan it’s hard to call them concerned civil-rights minded presidents.

    And please; the Lincoln argument doesn’t impress ANYone who knows ANYthing about history and in particular political history. Even if it were a valid argument you think one action on the part of one president 150 years ago wipes clean the Republican party’s unsympathetic and frequently hostile stance towards minorities in the decades since? Really? Cuz that seems a bit emotionally unintelligent to me.

    I challenge you to do a careful comparison of the Republican Party platform today with that of Lincoln’s party. One can barely say they’re the same party. And Lincoln himself reveled in racist jokes and commented openly that if there were a way of accomplishing his goals without abolishing slavery, he’d take it!

    People think Republicans are racist because for the last 30 years the folks people most often hear making racist comments or behaving in racist ways are, well, Republican. Right down to the talking heads and blowhard pundits.

    Just because you don’t want your party to be racist doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an awful lot of racists in it. And blaming/getting mad at the black man in office doesn’t change that one little bit.

    • J,
      Thank you for your comments. Look at my article closely and you will notice that I gave the late Senator Byrd credit for his change of heart. I believe that all of us make mistakes, and we can be forgiven. I do believe that racism exists today. My wife, a minority immigrant, has been the target of racism before. The reason I wrote the article was to hopefully illustrate that those of us that disagree with President Obama are not all racists. The article may be simplistic in its historical references, as you can see by the date on the article, and the fact that it is only the third one I have written, I am quite new at this medium. I too am aware of the history of the civil war, and the civil rights movement. Maybe in the future I could go into greater detail on both subjects. I believe racists exist to the left and right in politics. The point of the article was to say that simply because I may disagree with President Obama’s policies, does not make me a racist. I also vehemently disagreed with the previous administration on many issues, but was not aware of this wonderful new medium of expression at that time (the blogosphere), otherwise President Bush would have received a tongue lashing also.


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